In a game that was ruined by the torrential rain seconds after throw-in, Annaduff bridged a 76 year gap when they beat Gortletteragh in the 2004 Masonite Senior Championship Final.

Having last picked up the title in 1928, Annaduff were outsiders to win against a strong Gortletteragh side who are perennial contenders. However, Annaduff proved to be the stronger side with the Gortletteragh fowards struggling to win possession and struggling even more to actually score!

Gortletteragh led by 0-3 to 0-2 at half-time, and were 0-4 to 0-3 ahead with twenty minutes left. However, Annaduff piled on the pressure and finally took the lead with twelve minutes. Gortletteragh had no answer and could only get one further point to bring the gap back to two points, but this was to be Annaduffs day.

 

 

18-Oct-04 by Paddy Reilly

Gortletteragh and Annaduff will face each other this Sunday in the Masonite Senior Football Championship Final. Gortletteragh haven t won the title since 1987, while Annaduff have a longer barren period behind them, having last brought home the laurels in 1928.

 

 

14-Oct-04 by Paddy Reilly

The 2004 Masonite Senior Football Championship kicks off this weekend. All games will be played on Saturday and Sunday evening in Cloone and Carrick-on-Shannon. Reigning Champions, St. Marys don t play in this series of games, but will get involved next weekend.

On Saturday, both Group 2 games will be played in Cloone, with Drumkeerin facing Bornacoola and Aughawillan taking on Mohill. InÓgroup 1, Cloone face St Caillins in Carrick, while the final game on Saturday will be between Carrigallen and Glenfarne/Kilty.

The heavyweights get involved on Sunday evening, with the tie of the round arguable between Melvin Gaels and Gortletteragh, both teams with strong aspirations for this year. However, both teams are languishing near the bottom of Division 1A, with only one win each so far this year. Ballinaglera v Annaduff completes the double bill in Carrick.

In Cloone, two of the favourites will be in action, with Aughavas facing Aughnasheelin, while Allen Gaels take on Sean O Heslins.

Check the fixtures page for full details.

 

 

23-Jul-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrims Junior team qualified for their first All-Ireland final since 1938 when they defeated Kildare in Pears Park, Longford on Sunday.

Decimated after losing 14 of the team who played in the Connacht Junior Championship a mere two months, Leitrim looked unlikely to bridge the 66-year gap since their last Final appearance. However, they quickly found their stride and were 0-5 to 0-1 up after 15 minutes. Ollie Maguire scored four frees in the first half to keep Leitrim 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

After the re-start, JohnÓgilbane fired to the net to put the result beyond doubt. In the end, Leitrim ran out winners by 1-12 to 0-7.

The now face Waterford in the All-Ireland Final after the Munster champions defeated the British champions, Lancashire in Manchester by 1-17 to 0-9.

[b]Leitrim:[/b] K. Ludlow, K. Kennedy, O. McBride, B. Butler, F. Holohan, D. McGourty, D. Duignan, K. Scollan, J. Gilbane (1-1), J. Cullen, D. O Donnell (0-2), S. Munnelly, S. Maguire (0-2), O. Maguire (0-6), J. Holohan (0-1). [b]Subs:[/b] D. McHugh for McGourty, G. McWeeney for Munnelly, S. Dorrigan for J. Cullen.

 

 

18-Jul-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim were handed the draw from hell in last nights All-Ireland SFC Qualifier draw, when they were paired with Dublin.

With the losing provincial semi-finalists facing the winners from round 1 of the Qualifiers, Leitrim could have face any of eight teams, including neighbours Longford. However, Leitrim and Dublin were the last two names out of the hat and will face each other in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday evening. Throw-in time will be confirmed later today.

Tyrone v Down
Meath v Fermanagh
Galway v Louth
Cork v Clare
Waterford v Longford
Wexford v Offaly
Cavan v Derry
Leitrim v Dublin

 

 

28-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrims Connacht Senior Football Championship hopes for 2004 were ended on Saturday evening in a stormy Hyde Park where the lost 1-09 to 0-5 to Roscommon.

In a poor game, Leitrim held on until after half-time, but a RoscommonÓgoal nine minutes into the second half ended Leitrims challenge. Leitrims cause was further damaged when John McKeon was sent off striking home full-back Michael Ryan. Leitrim shall now move into the All-Ireland Qualifiers, while Roscommon will face Mayo in the Connacht Final.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, S. Quinn, M. McGuinness, N. Gilbane, J. McKeon, B. Prior, D. Maxwell, C. Carroll, J. Goldrick (0-1), J. Guckian (0-1), C. Regan, D. Brennan, F. McBrien (0-1), M. Foley (0-2, 1f). Subs: S. Canning for Maxwell (HT), P. Farrell for Brennan (52 mins), D. Kennedy for Goldrick (52), D. Lynch for Gilbane (58), B. Brennan for McBrien (63).

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Whyte, M. Ryan, J. Nolan, E. Towey, F. Grehan, D. Casey, S. O Neill, S. Lohan, G. Cox (0-2), J. Hanly (1-1), D. Connellan, G. HenÓghan, K. Mannion, F. Dolan (0-3, 2f, 1 45 ). Subs: J. Dunning (0-1) for HenÓghan (24 mins), J. Tiernan (0-2) for Connellan (HT), J. Rogers for Casey, B. Higgins for Cox (67), D. O Connor for Hanly (72).

 

 

27-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

Barry Prior gave Leitrim a well-deserved draw against Roscommon in a thrilling Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday.

A capacity crowd of 14,517 at P?irc Se?n MacDiarmada began to think they were watching a shock Leitrim victory with only ten minutes to go, when the hosts opened up a two point lead. However, Roscommon responded with points from Francie Grehan, Frankie Dolan and Seamus O Neill, before Prior had to save the day for Leitrim in injury time.

Leitrim trailed for most of the game after early Roscommon scores opened up a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. By half-time, the visitors led by just two, 0-7 to 0-5. Points from Gary Cox and Francie Grehan stretched the lead to four points soon after the break, but after a mix-up in the Roscommon penalty area, Michael Foley duly slotted the resultant penalty to close the gap to one point.

Leitrim stepped it up a gear after that goal, with further points from substitute Pat Farrell and Foley to move into a 1-7 to 0-9 lead. Frankie Dolan levelled for the visitors before Leitrim looked to have taken control with points from Declan Maxwell and another substitute Shane Canning to leave them two ahead.

However, Roscommon remained calm and three points in succession left Prior to save the day for Leitrim.

The replay will take place at 18:30 in Hyde Park on Saturday next, 19th June 2004.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, J. McKeon (0-1), M. McGuinness, N. Gilbane, S. Quinn, B. Prior (0-1), D. Maxwell (0-1), C. Carroll, J. Goldrick (0-1), J. Guckian, C. Regan (0-2), D. Brennan, F. McBrien (0-1), M. Foley (1-1, 1-0p, 1f). Subs: S. Canning (0-1) for Guckian (40), J. Clancy for Brennan (45), P. Farrell (0-1) for Goldrick (46), N. Doonan for McBrien (56).

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Whyte, M. Ryan, J. Nolan, D. Casey, F. Grehan, A. McPadden, S. O Neill, S. Lohan, B. Higgins, F. Dolan, G. Cox, N. Dineen, K. Mannion, G. HenÓghan. Subs: J. Rogers for McPadden (HT), J. Dunning for Dineen (42), J. Tiernan for Goldrick (56), E. Towey for HenÓghan (66).

 

 

20-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

The team for Leitrim’s Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final against Roscommon on Sunday 20th June is as follows:

1. Gareth Phelan
2. Dermot Reynolds
3. John McKeon
4. Michael McGuinness
5. Niall Gilbane
6. Seamus Quinn
7. Barry Prior
8. Declan Maxwell
9. Christopher Carroll
10. Johnny Goldrick
11. Jimmy Guckian
12. Colin Regan
13. Donal Brennan
14. Fintan McBrien
15. Michael Foley

 

 

16-Jun-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim captured their first Connacht Junior Football Championship title since 1962 after a nail-biting final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday evening. Michael Foley and Jimmy Holohan were inspirational for Leitrim who led 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time.

Early in the second half, Leitrim extended their lead to five points, before Roscommon started to push forward strongly in the last ten minutes. A late goal for Roscommon left the Leitrim supporters on the edge of their seats, but Leitrim held on to record the victory.

Photographs from the match are available in the gallery.

Leitrim: Kevin Ludlow, John McWeeney, Barry Prior, Barry McWeeney, David Duignan, Pauric McGarry, Francis Holohan, Daniel Lowe, Dermot Kennedy, Johnny Goldrick, Donncha Lynch (0-1), Michael Foley (0-7, 4f), James Glancy, John McGuinness, James Holohan (0-3). Subs: Jimmy Guckian (0-1) for John McGuinness, Ciaran Kennedy for John McWeeney, Pauric Flynn for Barry Prior, Noel Doonan for Johnny Goldrick.

Roscommon: Darren Lennon, Denis Gavin, Brian McNeela, Robbie Kelly, Stuart Daly, Ian Kilbride, Sean McDermott, Michael Finneran, Roch Hanmore, Cormac Sheehy (0-4), Enda Kenny, Martin Connolly, Darragh Blaine (0-1), Paul Moran, Jarlath Egan (0-3). Subs: Enda Barratt for Brian McNeela, Ross Nolan for Paul Moran, Mark O’Carroll for Michael Finneran, Garvan Dolan (1-0) for Martin Connolly, Paul Freeman for Robbie Nolan.

 

 

16-May-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim’s Junior team will face Roscommon on Friday evening in Carrick-on-Shannon in the Connacht Junior Championship Final. After an impressive victory over Mayo last Friday evening on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-09, the home side managed by Martin McGowan, with selectors Jimmy Holohan and Brian Breen, will be hoping to pick up the first piece of silverware for the year.

Throw-in is at 7pm and your support for this final would be appreciated.

 

 

12-May-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim ended their Allianz National Football League Division 2A campaign with a poor performance against neighbours Roscommon.

Roscommon needed to win by a landslide to have any chance of qualifying for the semi-finals, but found to find themselves trailing 0-02 to 0-04 at half-time to a Leitrim side helped by two excellent Declan Maxwell side. With a strong wind behind ithem after the break, Roscommon were the better team and pushed forward to outscore Leitrim by 0-09 to 0-01, with Leitrim’s only point in the second period coming from a Michael Foley free fifteen minutes after the break.

Roscommon: S. Curran, J. Nolan, M. Ryan, P. Noone, D. Casey, F. Grehan, J. Rogers (0-1), S. O’Neill, B. Higgins, J. Dunning (0-2), J. Hanley, R. Cox, N. Dineen (0-1), K. Mannion, F. Dolan (0-4). Subs: S. Lohan (0-2) for B. Higgins, G. HenÓghan (0-1) for R. Cox, J. Tiernan for J. Hanley, E. Towey for P Noone.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, M. McGuinness, B. Prior, M. Greene, J. McKeon, D. Kennedy, C. Carroll, D. Maxwell (0-2), J. Goldrick, P. Farrell (0-1), P. McGuinness, J. McGuinness, D. Brennan, M. Foley (0-2). Subs: J. Guckian for D. Brennan, N. Doonan for P. McGuinness, C. Regan for J. McGuinness.

 

 

07-Apr-04 by Paddy Reilly

Leitrim barely grabbed a draw against Monaghan in Clones after Scóring three unanswered points in the last five minutes. The game lacked a competitive edge, because both sides were unable to make the play-offs.

Monaghan took the lead for the first time late in the first half and led 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time. As has so often been the case recently, Michael Foley accounted for all four of Leitrim’s first-half points – with three coming from frees.

Monaghan added another two points soon after the break, but couldn’t add another until the 60th minute. Both teams squandered chances, but Leitrim stuck with it and got a deserved draw when Seamus Quinn, JohnÓgoldrick and Michael Foley scored late points to level the match.

Monaghan: P. McElroy, D. McDermott, J. Coyle, Ed. Lennon, D. Duffy, F. Doogan, J.P. Mone, Eo. Lennon (0-1), J. Hughes, N. Corrigan, P. Finlay (0-4), D. Clerkin, T. Freeman (0-1), R. RonÓghan, D. Freeman (0-2). Subs: D. McArdle for J. Hughes, S. McManus for R. RonÓghan, K. Tavey for N. Corrigan, S. McGeough for F. Doogan, C. Flanagan for J.P. Mone.

Leitrim: G. Phelan, D. Reynolds, M. McGuinness, B. Prior, M. Greene, J. McKeon, D. Kennedy, C. Carroll, D. Maxwell, D. Lynch, P. Farrell, J. Goldrick (0-5), J. Glancy, J. Guckian, M. Foley (0-5). Subs: S. Quinn (0-1) for J. Guckian, N. Doonan for D. Lynch, P. McGuinness for J. Glancy.

 

 

22-Mar-04 by Paddy Reilly